vapor


1va·por

noun \ˈvā-pər\

: a substance that is in the form of a gas or that consists of very small drops or particles mixed with the air

Full Definition of VAPOR

1
:  diffused matter (as smoke or fog) suspended floating in the air and impairing its transparency
2
a :  a substance in the gaseous state as distinguished from the liquid or solid state
b :  a substance (as gasoline, alcohol, mercury, or benzoin) vaporized for industrial, therapeutic, or military uses; also :  a mixture (as the explosive mixture in an internal combustion engine) of such a vapor with air
3
a :  something unsubstantial or transitory :  phantasm
b :  a foolish or fanciful idea
4
plural
a archaic :  exhalations of bodily organs (as the stomach) held to affect the physical or mental condition
b :  a depressed or hysterical nervous condition

Origin of VAPOR

Middle English vapour, from Anglo-French vapor, from Latin, steam, vapor
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with VAPOR

2vapor

verb
va·poredva·por·ing \-p(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of VAPOR

intransitive verb
1
a :  to rise or pass off in vapor
b :  to emit vapor
2
:  to indulge in bragging, blustering, or idle talk
va·por·er \-pər-ər\ noun

Examples of VAPOR

  1. <a faded Southern belle tiresomely vaporing about all the handsome beaux she had in her long-ago youth>

First Known Use of VAPOR

15th century

va·por

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VAPOR

1
a : a substance in the gaseous state as distinguished from the liquid or solid state b : a substance (as alcohol or benzoin) vaporized for industrial, therapeutic, or military uses
2
vapors or chiefly British vapours pl a : exhalations of bodily organs (as the stomach) formerly held to affect the physical or mental condition b : a depressed or hysterical nervous condition

Variants of VAPOR

va·por or chiefly British va·pour \ˈvā-pər\

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